BluePearl Pet Hospital
Philadelphia, PA
Diagnostic Imaging

24/7 Emergency and Specialty

Pet diagnostic imaging by BluePearl.

We understand that seeing your pet experience unusual symptoms or act out of the ordinary can be stressful – especially if you don’t know what’s wrong. Fortunately, our veterinary diagnostic imaging team is made up of experts in using state-of-the-art imaging equipment to reveal the source of the problem, and we’re here to help.

Our commitment is not just to diagnose illnesses; it’s to enhance the well-being of your pet and be with you every step of the way.

A vet specialist holds a small grey puppy wearing a cone on an exam table.

Services we offer.

Your pet will receive unparalleled medical care during their time at the hospital (and they’ll be spoiled with love and attention, too).

Advanced diagnostics

Your pet can’t tell us what’s wrong, so we use sophisticated diagnostics and imaging tools to uncover the source of the problem.

  • Radiography (x-rays)
  • CT scans (computerized tomography)
  • MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)
  • Real-time x-ray (fluoroscopy)
  • Ultrasound
  • Contrast radiology studies

Treatment plans

Just as no two patients are the same, neither are their treatment plans. Our diagnostic imaging team delivers key diagnostic information to other specialists and your primary vet so they can develop the most effective treatment plan to get your pet on the path to wellness.

Our board certified specialists and diagnostic imaging team.

Experience makes all the difference. 

Our diagnostic imaging team is made up of veterinarians, vet technicians and assistants, and support staff with rigorous training and experience in specialty medicine. The team works hand in hand to provide the comprehensive, compassionate care your pet needs and deserves. Because we’re a multidisciplinary hospital, the team can consult the expertise of other specialty departments, too.

Ana Cáceres

Board Certified in Veterinary Radiology

Diagnostic Imaging
On the job

Dr. Ana Cáceres has a special interest in computed tomography (CT); angiography, which is a procedure to X-ray blood and lymph vessels using a radiopaque substance; ultrasonography of the thorax, abdomen and musculoskeletal system; and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the spine, thorax, abdomen, nervous and musculoskeletal systems.

  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Radiology
  • Residency, Radiology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Tuskegee University, AL
Off duty

Dr. Cáceres likes salsa dancing. She has two American bulldogs, Maximilian and Abigail, and three cats, Molly, Stephanie and Baby.

Alexis Kersting

On the job

Dr. Alexis Kersting is an intern in our diagnostic imaging service. She has experience working in emergency medicine and is most interested in performing vascular anomaly and oncology ultrasounds.

  • Internship, Small Animal Medicine & Surgery, Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson, AZ
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Midwestern University, Glendale, AZ
  • Bachelor of Science, Veterinary Science, University of Arizona, Tucson
  • Associate of Science, Animal Science, Paradise Valley Community College, Phoenix, AZ
Off duty

Dr. Kersting enjoys riding her horse and spending time with her husband and two dogs.

What to expect.

We want you to be prepared for your pet’s visit to the radiologist, so you have one less thing to worry about. Our entire BluePearl team will be with you every step of the way.

Before your visit

  • You can make an initial appointment by calling us directly or via referral from your pet’s primary or specialty vet.
  • We’ll get records from your primary or specialty vet before your first visit and collaborate with them to discuss your pet’s history and current condition.
  • Special preparation, such as fasting or medication, may be required before your pet’s imaging appointment. Our team will inform you how to prepare and answer any questions about the procedure.

During your visit

  • Most diagnostic tests rely on patients being still. To make things easier and more comfortable for your pet, we usually use sedation or anesthesia, which also helps avoid the need for repeat imaging. 
  • Once your pet’s procedure is complete, our team will review the images and consult with your pet’s care team.
  • You’ll have plenty of time and opportunity to ask questions as a doctor goes over your pet’s results, diagnosis and treatment options.

After your visit

  • Our team will ensure that your pet’s continuity of care continues by sharing imaging results with your pet’s primary or specialty veterinarian.
  • If further testing is required, especially for monitoring treatment progress, your primary veterinarian or specialist may order additional imaging studies.
  • You know your pet better than anyone, and you play a crucial role in their treatment plan. If you have any questions or concerns about their diagnostic imaging experience, let us know – we’re here for you.